years ago, a handful of Pakistani design icons decided to sow the seeds of dissent.
Using design as their vehicle to effect change, they launched a democratically
elected ‘Design Council’ amidst a military dictatorship. Rizwan
Baig, Maheen Khan, Deepak Perwani, Bunto Kazmi, Honey Waqar and Faiza Samee
decided to go beyond their own skin to nurture a design a future for the regions
burgeoning fashion fraternity.
A truly democratic process, for the designers by the designers, it was fraught
in controversy from day one. The ‘Free Media’ sought to ‘own’
this council and their fashion week as ‘content’ to fill their coffers.
Partnering with a global entertainment giant trying to browbeat the designers
into signing on- a Machiavellian manoeuvre to fragment the fraternity and rule.
Understanding the conspiracies behind the ‘business of fashion, the council
leaders did the impossible; going across borders, seeking support of the Indian
Design Community, learning the intricacies to beat off this siege (similar to
the David & Goliath battle the Indian council had fought a year ago). The
first ever MOU was signed between India and Pakistan, setting a precursor to